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Raleigh parks lines up summer teen programs

Posted April 14, 2014

Raleigh teen program's summer options include a tour of local college campuses such as N.C. State.

I've heard from parents of teens, who tell me it can be tricky finding summer activities for them.

Raleigh parks' teen program has a variety of opportunities - from a week of cruising colleges campus to a youth fire academy. The city's teen program also offers activities year round.

Here are the summer programs that still have openings, with descriptions courtesy of the city. The summer programs are offered to all, not just Raleigh residents. For non-residents, just add $12 to the total cost.

All Access Sports

Date: July 28-Aug. 1
Age: 12-14
Cost: $160
Location: Kiwanis Park

This is your all access pass to the sports management industry with behind the scenes tours of various sports complexes around the area and guest speakers. Tours will include college facilities, PNC Arena, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Five County Stadium to name a few. There will also be friendly sports competition between campers.

Campus Cruisin’

Date: Aug. 4 to Aug. 8
Age: 14-17
Cost: $160
Location: Kiwanis Park

A self-exploration program designed to assist students in gaining a greater awareness of institutions of higher education in North Carolina. Personal interest surveys, enhancing your resume, and campus tours to many of North Carolina's private and public universities are coupled with new friendships and a college atmosphere. This is a great chance for students to find a school that will prepare them for their future career! Campus tours include NC State, ECU, UNC, Elon, Wake Tech, NC Central, UNC-W, and Duke.

Counselor In Training

Date: June 23 to June 27
Age: 14-17
Cost: $160
Location: Kiwanis Park

Participants will access information, training, and experiences to prepare them for future junior counselor and counselor positions in various youth serving organizations. Teambuilding, role-playing, and hands on application will highlight a week of fun and personal growth. A higher level of maturity is a must for participants. Participants who successfully complete the week's camp activities will be required to volunteer with one of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department's Summer Camps, for an additional 2 weeks (80 hours), to successfully complete the program. Campers in session one must volunteer during the weeks of June 23, July 7, July 21, or August 4. Campers in session two must volunteer during the weeks of June 30, July 14, July 28, or August 11. The entire program is a 3 week commitment. Participants must be 14-16 years old by the start of camp to participate in this program.

Teen Corps

Date: July 7 to July 11, Aug. 11 to Aug. 15
Age: 14-17
Cost: $160
Location: Kiwanis Park

This service camp is a perfect opportunity for teens looking to fill community service requirements for school and have a great time too! The beginning of the week will focus on teambuilding and leadership development to prepare the Teen Corps for the service ahead. Service opportunities will focus on rewarding activities that will be both fun and challenging. There will be a reward on Friday to celebrate their experience.

Youth Fire Academy

Date: July 14 to July 18
Age: 12-14
Cost: $160
Location: Kiwanis Park

Led by City of Raleigh Firefighters, participants will visit local fire stations to learn about firefighting and see just how tough the job can be. Classroom and physical fitness challenges along with interactive activities and field trips will highlight a week of fun and learning. Take this amazing opportunity to handle the tools and equipment used by actual firefighters and see if you have what it takes!

Teach Me Tech

Date: July 14 to July 18
Age: 13-16
Cost: $75
Location: Saint Monica Teen Center

This camp will learn computer navigation skills alongside the functions of a computer and its basic programs. Participants will learn how to operate word processing software, manage databases, create spreadsheets and more! If you're looking to increase your computer efficiency this is the place to start!

World Wide Webslingers

Date: July 21 to July 25
Age: 13-16
Cost: $75
Location: Saint Monica Teen Center

Interested in the World Wide Web? Do you know the basic internet fundamentals such as running a query to find what you need, proper internet navigation or creating your very own internet publications? Participants in this course will have the opportunity to learn internet navigation as it relates to various tasks and design their own webpage for publication. Be a master of the World Wide Web and become a webslinger today!

Teen X-Scape

Date: July 7 to July 11
Age: 13-16
Cost: $100
Location: Saint Monica Teen Center

This camp provides a structured recreation curriculum designed for teens that includes both indoor and outdoor activities while promoting social interactions. Participants will engage in recreational games, teambuilding, athletics, arts & crafts and other fun activities. Offsite fieldtrips will be taken daily.

Teen X-Treme

Date: June 16 to Aug. 15
Age: 12-14
Cost: $83 per week
Location: Lions Park, Marsh Creek, and North Raleigh Christian Academy (still have availability)

This camp provides a structured recreation curriculum designed for teens that includes both indoor and outdoor activities. Participants will participate in arts and crafts, recreational games, teambuilding, athletics, and other fun activities. An offsite field trip and trip to the pool are offered each week.

Contact the city's teen program for more information and to sign up.

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